The 2022 Monmouth All-City Golf Tournament took place this weekend at the Monmouth Country Club and Gibson Woods Golf Course. Scott Weber won this 3rd career title in the men’s championship flight. Weber shot a 2-day score of 139, beating last year’s champion Matt Briggs by one stroke. It was a who’s-who of former champions at top of the leader board at day’s end on Sunday. Five former champions were the top-five finishers in this year’s tournament. Besides Weber and Briggs, 2-time champ Tristan Reimolds shot a 142 for 3rd, followed by fellow 2-time champ Jake Sottos in 4th with a 144 and 3-time former champ Scott McClintock in 5th, carding a 146. McClintock actually led the tournament after Saturday’s first round at the Monmouth Country Club, shooting the only round in the 60’s on the first day with a 69.
Weber was two strokes back heading into Sunday’s final round, but would get out of the gates quickly posting a 2-under par 33 on the front nine at Gibson Woods. Briggs and Sottos also carded 33’s on the front. McClintock struggled early on Sunday and fell out of contention shortly after the turn. With nine holes left to play, Weber led a contingent of Briggs, Sottos and Reimolds by a single stroke. Despite a hiccup on hole 14, Weber stayed consistent, posting par after par on the back nine as the competitors slowly faded. Finally, it was down to Weber against last year’s champ Matt Briggs on the final par 3 18th hole. Briggs, in the second to final foursome, parred out for a 35 on the back nine and 140 total. Weber’s drive from the final foursome was just short of the green. Needing an up-and-down to claim the victory, Weber’s second shot was 10 feet short, leaving a tricky uphill par-putt for the win. He calmly drained the putt for the one-shot victory and 3rd career win, also winning in 2008 and 2017. His 3rd title ties him with Scott McClintock, Mike Briggs Jr. and Mel Blasi. Rich Thomas won four straight from 2003-2006. Weber is proud to join some elite company.
On the women’s side, it wasn’t nearly as dramatic. First-time Monmouth All-City Tournament competitor and Burlington High School junior-to-be Lauren Briggs won the women’s title in a runaway, shooting a 79 at Gibson Woods on Saturday and a 73 at the Country Club on Sunday for a 2-day total of 152. The women’s course rotation is opposite of the men each year. Briggs was a 19-shot winner over 3-time defending champ Cathy Kehr. Briggs is the niece of Gibson Woods club pro Randy Briggs, daughter of 3-time city champ Mike Briggs Jr. and brother of last year’s men’s champ and this year’s runner up Matt Briggs. Lauren says she knows what the Briggs name means to golf in Monmouth and happy that she could represent the name well this year.
The rest of the winners of this year’s tournament include senior champ Rod Smith, who’s 148 beat 2nd place Steve Andrews by one stroke. The All-City first flight winner was Patrick Gavin with an amazing 140, shooting a 69 at Gibson on Sunday. That score was 12 strokes better than Jared Algren in 2nd. Finally, Drexel Cox picked up the victory in the second flight. Cox trailed Carl Peel and Matt Garrett by four strokes after Saturday’s round at the Monmouth Country Club but shot a second-flight best 18-hole score of the weekend, carding an 80 on Sunday.